FlexAdvantage Blog

27
Jan

Unlocking Data Silos to Reach the Promised Land of Smart Data Analytics

With mountains of market data, historical prices, and transactions data stored in disparate systems, securities and investment firms are shifting from a focus on collecting data to extracting value from it. But the problem is that most of these huge and large data sets are siloed in legacy system architectures.

16
Jan

Consolidated Market Data Feeds Gain Traction in Algo Trading and Fixed Income

Amid all the fire and fury of the battle over costs, there are signs that buy-and sell-side firms have shifted some of their execution needs for data over to consolidated market data feeds.

30
Nov

Is Market Structure Tied up in Knots?

With a new head of trading and markets at the SEC, there is some optimism that some of the complex market structure issues – such as make-taker incentives and sky-high market data costs — will be looked at in 2018. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken covers the key takeaways on what matters to buy-side and sell-side traders, as discussed at Traders’ Magazine’s Nov. 7 Second Inaugural Market Structure Equity Town Hall.

6
Jul

Riding the Wave: Speed, Algos and Consolidation

By Ivy Schmerken, Editorial Director A wave of consolidation has hit high-speed trading firms and brokers in the past few months, and many are blaming low volatility and weak trading volumes in the face of rising compliance and market data costs. Starting with electronic market-maker Virtu’s acquisition of rival KCG in April, Two Sigma Securities buying …

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